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Kokomo Tribune (Newspaper) - March 30, 1994, Kokomo, Indiana KOKOMO 206 March 50 cents Kokomo Police Department Specialist Wally Sitzes paints where skid marks are located following a fatal accident this morning on Hotter Street Tribune photo by Brian Reynolds Accident in Kokomo claims a life By MIKE FLETCHER Tribune staff writer A traffic accident claimed the life of a Tip ton woman early this resulting in the second traffic fatality in Kokomo this Myrtline Tipton was pronounced dead at at Howard Community according to Howard County Coroner Jeff Wallace died from massive internal Stout Kokomo police removed her from the vehicle and administered cardiopul monary resuscitation before the emergency medical technicians from Howard Communi ty but she was not accord ing to Accident investigator John Brown said the accident occurred at at the inter section of Hoffer and Delphos Wallace traveling south on Delphos in a 1988 Chevrolet Beretta and attempted to turn east on Hoffer when she pulled into the path of a 1993 Chevrolet pickup truck driven by Robert 601 Hillsdale Sewell was traveling west on Hoffer Brown and was not Both drivers were wearing seat Brown Wallaces vision was possibly obscured by another vehicle turning on to Delphos Street and the bright morning sun out of the Brown Croats sign accord Effectively ends war in Croatia Croatia AP Serbs and Croats signed a ceasefire today to end their war in an agreement considered a corner stone to overall peace in the Balka Croatian officials and leaders of the countrys rebel Serb minority agreed to withdraw their weapons from front lines by April Mor tars and antiaircraft guns must be pulled back six miles and artillery and tanks must be pulled back Troops must withdraw at least twothirds of a mile from the con frontation line within four days of April when the ceasefire takes effect at 9 The agreement formalizes a truce that began in January The truce generally stopped a sixmonth war Croatia fought with its Serb minority after the republic seceded from But sporadic skir mishes have and Serb rebels still control onethird of The war killed at least people and spread to neighboring which also broke away from only to become an even bloodier battle Some are dead or missing in 23 months of With CroatSerb tensions sim mering across the there was little hope for a lasting peace among Croats and Serbs in Russia and the United working together on ending the war in pressured the rivals in Croatia to reach a final States high court reprimands Scionti Regulators OK merger settlement AP The Indiana Utility Regulatory Com mission Tuesday approved a set tlement supporting the merger of PSI and Cincinnati Gas Electric The settlement focuses on how the whose merged company will be called will coordinate state and federal how the companies wul operate and allocate costs as a joint system and how customer rates will be State regu lators and consumer groups voiced concern about those The Indiana settlement has helped us establish a strong sys tem for working with state regula tory and consumer said James PSI Energy chair president and chief execu tive The merger does not require IURC or Public Commission of Ohio but the settlement creates a consensus on regulatory and operating issues once the merger is The lURCs commissioners decision to sup port the federal merger settlement filed March 4 was PSI said the negotiations started in October and involved IURC the Indiana utility con sumer the Citizens Action Coalition and representa tives of industrial power cus The negotiations were formalized during a 60day merg er settlement process initiated by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in We will be a more effective company because weve worked out key issues up front with those groups that help us accomplish our Rogers PSI Indianas largest electric company with more than is a subsidiary of PSI Hitandrun victims body flips into truck FORT AP The body of a 58yearold pedestrian killed in a hitandrun accident landed in the bed of the pickup truck that struck and the driver later was arrest ed in a Violet Howe of Fort Wayne was crossing a street about 8 Tuesday when she was The impact severed both the womans legs from her body at the and the body flew into the bed of the truck and was carried Fort Wayne police Ed Bradley The Randy of Fort was charged with drunken driving and causing leaving the scene of a fatal accident and being a habitual traffic He was being held without bond this morning in the city and faced a court appear ance later Bentrup had a bloodalcohol level of per nearly three times the legal limit of police Paul McCoy and Michelle Fisher said they saw the blue Chevrolet pickup speeding from the scene of the He had to at least Fisher He was flooring Fisher said the truck that blazed by them had sparks coming from underneath The front appeared but it didnt he The driver of the truck stopped at a gas sta tion four blocks away to buy a carton of ciga an attendant who did not want her name published told The Journal Gazette of Fort A man and a woman got out of the truck and explained that they had hit a which caused the the attendant Police later found the with the body still in the in a parking lot across the street from the gas Bentrup was arrested in a bar about five blocks At least one motorist ran over the severed Audrey Horner said she stopped when she felt the I thought it was a she By CATHARINE FERNANDO Tribune staff writer Indianas highest court issued a reprimand March 23 against attor ney Kevin a Democrat who ran unsuccessfully for Howard Circuit Judge in Scionti could not be reached for comment at his Indianapolis law An opinion issued by the Indi ana Supreme Court said Scionti advised his Gary to violate a court order which instructed him to return his child to the mothers The incident dates back to April when Gary and Annette Smoot were divorced and Annette was granted custody of their according to the Supreme Gary Smoot was allowed visitation rights every other week On the Delaware County prosecutor charged Annette Smoot with molesting the a Class B The child remained in Annettes custody during this Scionti entered the picture on when he challenged the terms of the 1990 custody on behalf of Gary Another Donald had previously been retained by Gary Smoot and continued in that On Smoot picked up his son for visitation act ing on Sciontis failed to return the child on thus violating the court order outlining the terms and conditions of visita according to the Supreme At the request of Annette Judge Thomas Newman of Henry Superior Court signed an ex parte order on direct ing Gary Smoot to immediately return the child to the An ex parte order is usually an emer gency request to the initiat ed by one party in a Scionti requested that the ex parte order be removed and filed for emergency custody on behalf of Gary Both were denied by Judge On the Delaware Coun ty prosecutor charged Annette Smoot with intimidation and obstruction of The charges alleged that Annette struck her son and coached him not to testify against During this Gary Smoot retained custody of his son and maintained telephone contact with Scionti and At the time a contempt violation hearing was on Gary Smoot had yet to surrender custody of his Dur ing that Scionti admitted that he had instructed his client to keep the according to the Supreme When asked to explain why he advised his Scionti after consultation with the Delaware County Prosecutors we were aware that a new information would be filed the 12th Because of the new information that was Scionti we felt the presiding judge of this court or the criminal court needed to be advised of this mat ter before Gary returned the child to should that be what the court decided to The court determined that Gary Smoot had no justification for vio lating the court order and found him to be in He was sent to the Henry County Jail for 90 days and all pending criminal charges against Annette Smoot were dismissed on The Supreme Court decided that as a licensed attorney with several years experience in private prac Scionti should have been aware of Indiana law that makes interference with custody a crimi nal Please see P10 Inside Local Consolidating 911 services is being considered in Howard Page Sports Barry Switzer is next in line with the Page Also Inside Classified Local News of Love and attention save Joe the horse We couldnt give up on him AP The comforts of home are about to be rudely interrupted for Hez Just Tuff The newborn colt is about to move from the house of Donna Young and Perry Vincent and into a The called Joe for was born without complications last but his mother stopped producing milk and by the newborn was so sick he could not Young Joe was fed through a tube stuck down his nose into his and received two IVs to keep him from being Friday the vet suggested that Joe be put to We just couldn t stand to see him Young We couldnt give up on So the couple and a friend kept a roundtheclock vigil with the baby The vet also took some blood from another horse and made plasma for a blood We slept on the floor with him so we would hear him when he Young We rubbed him all over and exercised his legs and told him to hang in Now Joe is walking around and exploring Young and Vincents He smudges the living room mirror admiring his and pokes his nose into the television The one place Joe wont go is the His one venture ended with a Bambilike sprawl on the slick linoleum Joe the horse enjoys a little TV in his spare time AP photo ;